Tell us a bit about yourself
Hi! I’m Aurelia Lambrechts from Cape Town, South Africa. I love my Lord, Jesus Christ. I’m 30 years old and a full-time Authentic Home Baker. I’ve been married for 6 years to my favorite human – Adriaan.
My interests are quite different in the sense that I can’t stand shopping – lol! I love singing in harmonies, staring at light filtering through leaves and dancing with my husband in the kitchen while we’re cooking and listening to 1930’s jazz.
Cinnamon doughnuts are also a very important part of my life – that counts as an interest, right?
When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging super casually back in 2015 because I’d been baking full time for 2 years then and had discovered groundbreaking baking tips through simply baking things thousands of times over.
These baking tips and hacks were things I struggled to figure out for years – like saving split ganache and crème pat, getting a shiny crust on brownies, baking flawless cupcakes, baked cheesecake and more. I figured that I could save other bakers a lot of time and gray hairs by sharing my discoveries through a blog.
I was also super passionate about creating awareness that the MAIN purpose of baking is for it to be DELICIOUS and not just “pretty”. Food is meant to be EATEN, right? My blog became a platform to vent about this frustration and I quickly discovered that thousands of other bakers feel the exact same way. So many TV shows that have blurred the lines between “cake decorating” and “baking” and it’s not okay.
Flavour and Quality are what food is all about – including cakes!
What do you write about in your blog?
Initially, my blog was just about Baking Tips and Refined Recipes, but since those early years, other home bakers started asking more and more about HOW I started and grew my home baking into a full-time business. So I started sharing about that as well.
Over the last 2 years, the baking business part of the blog has really escalated and become my main focus. My mission is to help Home Bakers realize how amazing they are and that they don’t need any formal qualifications to make a career out of home baking.
My blog’s other goal is also to take the term “baking” back to its original meaning because the cake decorating scene has kind of “hijacked” the word baking. They are two separate trades and you absolutely don’t have to be a cake decorator to have a successful home baking business.
What does food mean to you?
I believe food is similar to music and art… It can move you, without words, into utter bliss and even tears. To me, food is one of those many things in nature that can help us understand the heart and nature of God.
What’s your favorite meal? Could you share the recipe?
My favorite meal changes all the time! At the moment I’m super into Wholegrain Apple Crumble. I make a good amount and then keep it in the fridge for breakfast every morning (and for elevensies as well!)
Wholegrain Apple Crumble Recipe
600 g Fresh Granny Smith Apples
1 Tbsp Corn Starch
1 ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
80 g Salted Butter, Melted
50 g Demerara/Muscovado Sugar
150 g Wholegrain Flour
50 g Rolled Oats
50 g Pecans, chopped
¼ tsp Sea Salt
Peel, core and slice apples and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the corn starch and ½ tsp of the cinnamon to the bowl and toss the apple slices to coat them. Once the slices are evenly coated, transfer them to 8 x 8 inch, greased tin.
In your empty mixing bowl, add the melted butter, 1 tsp cinnamon, flour, sugar, pecans, and salt. Stir ingredients together with a spoon until a crumble forms. Leave some bits big and some bits small.
Top your sliced apples with all the crumble mixture.
Bake at 180°C/356°F for 40 minutes until golden brown.
Serve with ice cream for dessert or with Greek Yogurt for breakfast.
What are the three products that should be in everyone’s kitchen?
Oh wow, this is a tough question because everyone likes different foods. For that reason, I’m choosing to view “products” as kitchen tools if I may.
A hand mixer
- An enamel-coated cast-iron pot
A sturdy, sharp chef’s knife
What would be that one meal leaving everyone speechless?
It’s not exactly a meal, but every time I take Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake to a party, event or gathering, the room goes completely quiet when everyone is eating! Haha! The recipe is on my blog if you’d like to make it.
Do you have any grocery shopping tips? How to save money and still eat healthy and tasty?
First off, delicious cooking totally hinges on METHOD. You can have the most amazing ingredients and end up with an average meal due to the poor method. So you don't need to spend a lot on ingredients to cook a delicious meal.
We buy less meat nowadays because organic meat is expensive. We’ve learned how to cook EPIC, delicious and healthy food with everyday vegetables. Samin Nosrat’s book and Netflix series “Salt Acid Fat Heat”. If you understand method properly you can prepare incredible meals with affordable, healthy ingredients.
We are what we eat – yay or nay?
Yay-ish… I believe that our BODIES are in part what we eat; along with our stress levels, rest routines, etc.
But I believe that we as individuals are more than what we eat. It breaks my heart when food beliefs and diets divide people when it’s actually such a great tool to unite us all.
Thank You, Aurelia, for talking to us! Follow her on Instagram @philosophyofyum for baking inspiration!